I had the opportunity to use a new lens this weekend — a Sigma 150 - 500 f 5 - 6.3 APO HSM telephoto. So not the newest kid on the block but one that provided me with significantly more reach than my Canon 70 - 200 f4. And as it is now the rugby season the ability to shoot action occurring further away is clearly a significant plus.
A couple of comments —
It was way heavier than my 70 - 200 and, as I have little need for a monopod, all my shooting with the Sigma was handheld. Consequently many shots were noticeably soft — I am putting that down to my inability to keep the thing steady rather than the lens being off.
Having only ever used a lens as long as the 70 - 200 I found myself both over — and under — cropping images in the camera. I guess the more images I take with a long lens the more I would get used to it and, over time, such frustration would dissipate/disappear but it did put a dampener on my enthusiasm yesterday..
What these two factors meant was that I ended up trashing many more images than what I would normally do after a similar shoot — in fact, probably more than half ended up on the cutting room floor.
Having said all that it was much more fun for me to be able to get right into the action at both ends of the rugby pitch rather than wait for it to come to me. I have been promising myself a long lens for some time now and, despite my frustrations over the weekend, I am more convinced than ever that owning one would add a significant boost to my sports image taking capabilities. Are you listening Santa?
As always I would love to receive your comments or thoughts — positive or negative. Email link on this page.